Covid-19: Greece Records 1,667 New Cases Friday, 98 Deaths



Monastiraki Square in Athens. Credit: Greek Reporter

A total of 1,667 new coronavirus cases were diagnosed in Greece on Friday, suggesting a gradual decline in viral transmission in the country. There are currently 612 intubated patients with Covid-19 in Greece, and 98 people with the virus passed away in the past 24 hour period.

Although the number of new cases diagnosed daily is decreasing across the country, Dr. Vana Papaevangelou, pediatric epidemiologist and member of the special coronavirus response committee, noted that there are still around 18,000 active cases of the virus in Greece. This means that the potential for further spread of Covid-19 remains great.

In total, 113,185 cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in Greece since the beginning of the pandemic, including all those who have recovered from the virus. Of this total, 4,966 are associated with foreign travel and 29,765 with contact with a known case.

Of the 612 intubated patients, 76% are over the age of 70 or suffer from preexisting conditions. Their median age is 65, and 175 of the patients are female. A total of 635 patients have been discharged from ICUs around the country.

The 98 new deaths recorded on Friday bring the total number of fatalities in the country to 2,804. Of all those who lost their lives after suffering with the virus, a total of 1,118 have been female.

The median age of those who passed away with Covid-19 is 79, and 96.4% of them were over the age of 70 or suffered from underlying health issues.

New Measures Announced

In a press conference on Friday, Greece’s Deputy Minister for Civil Protection Nikos Chardalis announced two new anti-virus measures that will be in effect starting Monday, December 7.

Beginning Monday, anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 at Greece’s borders will not be allowed access into the country. Additionally, all visitors will be barred from entering Mt. Athos, a peninsula in Northern Greece that is inhabited by Eastern Orthodox monks.